Togo, which became an independent republic in 1960, was
mapped by the French Institut Géographique National
(IGN) and its predecessors in the 1950s and 1960s in its
program of Cartes de l'Afrique de l'Ouest. The country was
covered by 90 four-color, 1:50,000 scale sheets, showing
relief by 20 m interval contours, and also by 12 four or
five-color 1:200,000 scale sheets with 40 m contours. Both
series were on a UTM projection, Clarke 1880 ellipsoid, and
were compiled from aerial photographic coverage. The
responsible mapping authority is now the Direction de La
Cartographie Nationale et du Cadastre (DCNC), Lomé,
but it is heavily dependent on overseas aid. Consequently
there has been no revision of the 1:50,000 scale mapping.
However a new triangulation of the country has taken place
with aid from Germany, and in the 1980s a new 1:200,000
series in five extended sheets was completed, financed by
France and printed at the IGN. This map is in four or five
colors with relief shading and 40 m contours. Projection is
UTM, Clarke 1880 ellipsoid.
Soviet military topographic mapping of Togo exists at the following scales: 1:1,000,000 (3 sheets, complete coverage, published in 1986);
1:500,000 (5 sheets, complete coverage, published 1983-1985); 1:200,000 (18 sheets, complete coverage, published 1981-1985) and a city (1:10,000) topographic map
of Lome published in 1978. These products are available in print, digital raster and digital vector GIS formats from East View Geospatial.
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